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Sleepwalking with the Inner Tides

Sleepwalking with the Inner Tides
by Kristine Ong Muslim

Sleepwalking with the Inner Tides

This was where she became
one with the earth.
She watched dark hair grow
across her pale skin.
The tiny blue flowers
on her red hair fell
to the ground where the moon
could shine down on them
until they wilted.
Sweat made her skin shimmer
in a ghostly yellow sheen.
How graceful the pain was
of her becoming.
She strained to accommodate
her slowly-forming hooves
and screamed until she was fully

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First appeared in Dreams & Nightmares #69, September 2004.

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More than 500 of Kristine Ong Muslim’s poems and stories have appeared or are forthcoming in over 200 publications worldwide. Her work has appeared in Aoife's Kiss, Cemetery Moon, Down in the Cellar, Kaleidotrope, Labyrinth Inhabitant Magazine, OG’s Speculative Fiction, and Tales of the Talisman. She is a two-time winner of Sam’s Dot Publishing’s James Award for genre poetry. Her publication history can be found here.

What inspires you to write and keep writing?
The rejection slips.

What do you think is the most important part of a
fantasy story?

The setting.

What advice do you have for other fantasy writers?

Read the entire Dune series!